The sadistic personality may be mistaken for antisocial personality disorder.

  • Sadistic personality disorder is no longer in the DSM, but it’s still recognized by personality aficionados.
  • The chief component of sadistic personality is taking pleasure in cruel, demeaning, and aggressive behaviors as a means of control.
  • It is differentiated from antisocial personality disorder in that, for the sadistic personality, cruelty and aggression is an end unto itself.

https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/and-running/202106/the-personality-disorder-you-dont-hear-about

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